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Originally Posted by Dmac73 View Post

I do believe 5entinel shall allow memes this one time in the news. It's on topic. wink.gif

No sorry, I think you've gotten the meanings mixed up. Still no memes pictures in the news section thanks. I don't mean to sound harsh but that's meant for offtopic
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No sorry, I think you've gotten the meanings mixed up. Still no memes pictures in the news section thanks. I don't mean to sound harsh but that's meant for offtopic

It was a joke. I understand what memes are.
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I've probably already made a fool out of myself, but I don't care. And this little tid-bit may be completely wrong, but I have to question it...

Basically, acting on a meme is the same as unconsciously tapping my foot to the beat of a song? Or seeing my parents drive as a child. I realized about a week ago, I drive exactly the same way as my father did, because I was always focusing on his hands and feet. I guess I may not know exactly what I'm saying, most of the terms in that article went right over my head frown.gif
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I've probably already made a fool out of myself, but I don't care. And this little tid-bit may be completely wrong, but I have to question it...
Basically, acting on a meme is the same as unconsciously tapping my foot to the beat of a song? Or seeing my parents drive as a child. I realized about a week ago, I drive exactly the same way as my father did, because I was always focusing on his hands and feet. I guess I may not know exactly what I'm saying, most of the terms in that article went right over my head frown.gif

Memes are more like the unconscious tensing of your vocal cords as you sing along in your head. Your mirror neurons create the impulse to mimic others; this is one of the foundations of social behavior, and in humans it's developed to the point where we don't just mimic physical actions, but mimic mental processes and ideas as well, which are communicated to us through language, art, behavior, or other means.
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Maybe that's why I cry when I hear a particularly moving or powerful song tongue.gif

Thank you for linking one of the hardest articles to read through, it's a nice challenge.
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Wall of text crit. Clearly this article was not intended to be read digitally.
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So, what all creatures have these mirror neurons?
We know monkeys do. biggrin.gif

Awesome read, though. (for what I have time to read. lol)
I'm glad some people know better than to de-classify this as science. thumb.gif
Edited by Rezard - 3/22/12 at 12:44am
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post #28 of 44
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post

Siiiigh. You people don't know what a meme is, do you?
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Gotta love all the responses implying that the word CAME from internet culture (and not a scientist) in the first place.

Yeah.
The notion of memes predates the internet, but you'd never guess that by the responses to this thread.
Meme pictures on the internet are like squares, and memes in general are like rectangles - the pics are all memes, but not all memes are those pics.
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Originally Posted by Ghooble View Post

As we age and get set into our ways do the mirror neurons begin to die off/slow down/become less active?

I think we get stronger filters. It seems we notice less because a broader variety of observations are subconsciously deemed irrelevant.
If that's correct, we'd become harder to infect with new memes as we get older.
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Memes are more like the unconscious tensing of your vocal cords as you sing along in your head. Your mirror neurons create the impulse to mimic others; this is one of the foundations of social behavior, and in humans it's developed to the point where we don't just mimic physical actions, but mimic mental processes and ideas as well, which are communicated to us through language, art, behavior, or other means.

Rather than being the meme itself, the firing of mirror neurons are like the reproductive organs of memes or similar to an infected cell working to reproduce a virus. Memes are ideas, concepts, and symbols that can be viewed as behaving as biological organisms within the 'ecosystem' of consciousness.
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rolleyes.gif at half the replies to this thread....Yes, they're going to study all the memes on 9gag and 4chan. thumb.gif
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MUst read... bookmarked.
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I ALWAYS knew some scientist would come and try to insert memes officially into science.
In which way do you mean? Memes like internet memes? Those came after this kind of work....
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